Originally from Eastern Colorado, Abby began taking reining lessons from Drake Johnson at the age of nine and immediately became hooked on the sport. It wasn’t until she turned seventeen that she had saved up enough money to purchase her first reining horse and pay the way to her first NRHA event. Lengel trained her own non-pro horses under the guidance of Drake.
In the non-pro divisions, she accumulated earnings of over $72,000 before becoming an open rider in 2014. Abby began working for Casey Deary on January 6th, 2014 and worked on the Deary ranch for five years before going out on her own on January 2019.
2019 was a year of making dreams come true for Lengel. She was invited to participate as a wild card in The Run for a Million and finished 6th place on Gotta Twist It Up. She was a NRBC level 4 open finalist on Gotta Twist It Up, and was a level 4 open futurity finalist with Makendiamonds, having only one horse available to show in each open event. Gotta Twist it Up and Abby went on to star in The Last Cowboy, a TV show on Paramount that showcased multiple riders in the industry competing in The Run for a Million.
In the past couple of years Abby has gathered multiple hard won titles with horses Thischichasbigdreams (2020 Tulsa Reining Classic Level 4 Futurity Co-Champion), Malibu Riptide (2021 Tulsa Reining Classic Levels 3 & 4 Futurity Co-Champion), SHR Kid Rock (2021 Tulsa Reining Classic Levels 3& 4Developing Futurity).
Abby cannot wait to see what the future brings, and she is so thankful for every opportunity she has been given in the industry. She is considered a role model by everyone, but especially by women and young girls. Her success and hard work has helped to break the glass ceiling of the reining industry.
“I am truly so blessed to have so many great people that believe in me and want to do everything they can to help me become a better rider, trainer, and person.”
Abby completed her associates degrees at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, WY and finished up with a Bachelors in Equine Industry and Business from West Texas A&M University.
“I thank God for giving me this great passion for horses, and I know that he has a plan for me.”
"Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
1 Corinthians 10:31